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New Alienware 15 buying advice

perspex

Broken In
Hey guys, I'm planning on buying a high performance gaming laptop in May and after considerable searching i have narrowed down to buying the new alienware 15.

I'm going for the gtx 980m model with 1080p display.

Is the 4k screen worth getting? I know games won't run exactly well, but if i play on 1080p on a 4k screen will it cause that annoying blurriness problem? because that ruins the whole gaming experience.

Also the main reason why i decided to go for an alienware is due to the graphics amplifier, you can just buy it and keep upgrading it when the laptop struggles to play games in 3 years time.
 

SaiyanGoku

kamehameha!!
Hey guys, I'm planning on buying a high performance gaming laptop in May and after considerable searching i have narrowed down to buying the new alienware 15.

I'm going for the gtx 980m model with 1080p display.

Is the 4k screen worth getting? I know games won't run exactly well, but if i play on 1080p on a 4k screen will it cause that annoying blurriness problem? because that ruins the whole gaming experience.

Also the main reason why i decided to go for an alienware is due to the graphics amplifier, you can just buy it and keep upgrading it when the laptop struggles to play games in 3 years time.

Fill this:

http://www.digit.in/forum/laptops-netbooks/156722-questionnaire-laptop-notebook-purchase.html
 
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perspex

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1) What is your budget? (INR or USD)
200k INR

2) What size & weight consideration (if any) would you prefer?
Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen

3) What are the primary tasks you will be performing with this notebook?
Full time gaming

5) Any typical configuration in your mind you're eying for ?
Needs to have the gtx980m 4gb or higher.

4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
a. Like:Alienware,Msi,Asus
b. Dislike:


6) Anything else you would like to say?
Screen resolution ( 1080p or higher(if the laptop can handle games at higher res )
Purchase place ( Online (eg - flipkart, infibeam) / Local )
 

Rohan Rathi

Mega Noob
Go Alienware. MSI is **** expensive and Asus haven't renewed their laptop line up. Cannot say about 1080p downscaling on 4k display but whiy would you want such a high res on such a small screen? Amplifier wont help since 980m is already top of the line. It is at par with the R9 280X. Amp is good only external displays and multi monitor setup.
 

Rohan Rathi

Mega Noob
^ He has the budget for getting a laptop in India. My opinion: Get the Alienware with 970m (127k) + High Res Monitor + Amp.
970m is still pretty powerful.
 

SaiyanGoku

kamehameha!!
^ He has the budget for getting a laptop in India. My opinion: Get the Alienware with 970m (127k) + High Res Monitor + Amp.
970m is still pretty powerful.

Then he should get a laptop from Azom with 980M. Shouldn't cost more than 150k and he can buy accessories with remaining money or save it.
 

$hadow

Geek in making
getting a custom laptop from Xotic PC or if interested in alienware so you can import it and it will surely cost way less when compared to Indian pricing.
 
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perspex

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980M should do good for another 3-4 years of gaming on FHD resolution and later it'll be cheaper to get a user replaceable laptop GPU than GPU + Graphics amplifier.
getting a custom laptop from Xotic PC or if interested in alienware so you can import it and it will surely cost way less when compared to Indian pricing.

Even though i know xoticpc is the best option, buying it online and shipping from states is a big NO NO for me(dad issues). I'll mostly have to end up buying it locally.

The main reason i thought of buying the alienware is due to the amp, i thought i can future proof the lappy with it after 3-4 years, or i'll just upgrade the laptop gpu like you said.

My opinion: Get the Alienware with 970m (127k) + High Res Monitor + Amp.
970m is still pretty powerful.

I'll be travelling with this laptop often due to college, hence the 15 inch form factor....so no monitors and amp i'll think of buying later when the 980m starts struggling to handle games.

All in all, the alienware is one of the most powerful 15 inch laptops out there now. Yeah some others have a 8gb version of 980m but that won't make much of a difference without a 4k screen. So im feeling pretty good about the aw15, i'll think i'll go for it only.
 

$hadow

Geek in making
I would like to suggest you one tip: If you are looking to travel with it you might want to look else where.
 

Rohan Rathi

Mega Noob
Honestly, I can Assure you; 980m will NOT struggle in 3-4 years since you will still be able to play at high setting atleast. You wont need the Amp. Look at the R9 280X, it's a rebranded 7970 still plays every game at max and the 7970 was launched 3 years ago!
 
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perspex

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I would like to suggest you one tip: If you are looking to travel with it you might want to look else where.
I know it's not ideal for travelling but I'm willing to break my back if in return I get to play the division in ultra and 1080p

And as for the user upgraded gpu.. The amp is always there!

This seems like the best bet in 15 inch, or else let's just give no ****s and get the msi gt80!!!! (I wish)
 
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$hadow

Geek in making
I know it's not ideal for travelling but I'm willing to break my back if in return I get to play the division in ultra and 1080p

And as for the user upgraded gpu.. The amp is always there!

This seems like the best bet in 15 inch, or else let's just give no ****s and get the msi gt80!!!! (I wish)

You should check out this thread Help upgrading Alienware laptop graphics card [Solved] - Configuration - Laptop Tech Support. It will help you to understand a bot more on this topic.
 
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